Actress Marla Gibbs Healed with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & Featured in TV ads all over Los Angeles, CA

Award winning Actress Marla Gibbs from “Jeffersons” and “227” plus hundreds of other film & TV credits was healed by the Center for Wound Management & Hyperbaric Medicine at Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.  Marla Gibbs underwent aggressive wound care treatments as well as adjuctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy for a persistent wound infection and was healed by a skilled group of outpatient wound care physicians from multiple specialties in just 8 weeks.  Marla Gibbs was healed just in time to make it to a “Jeffersons” reunion show on “Good Morning America”.
Marla Gibbs is now featured in the Center for Wound Management & Hyperbaric Medicines’ TV advertisements airing on CNN, TNT, USA, and various other networks in the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Santa Monica markets.
I asked Marla if she had any advise for anyone who is going through tough times with a chronic non-healing wound; her advise – “Stick with the program, show up to all your appointments, and follow your doctors directions at all times – and you will persevere”. 
Marla’s second advise; “Watch the Jeffersons or 227 while in the hyperbaric chamber, it doesn’t hurt to laugh while you are in the chamber healing”.
Many thanks to Marla Gibbs for allowing us to make this TV commercial possible.  Some info on the commercial; the EMR/EHR featured on the iPad is Wound Expert.  The hyperbaric chambers are Perry Sigma 34’s.  The center is Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles.  The actors are the Medical Director (Dr. Babak Dadvand – Plastic Surgery, trained at Cleveland Clinic) The second actor is the Co-Medical Director (Dr. Farshid Nejad – Podiatry). 



From Navy SEAL to Clinical Hyperbaric Medicine – A Special Operators Transition

I had the pleasure of meeting Kraig Dorner when I was teaching a Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine class in San Diego five years ago. Kraig is a retired SEAL Chief Petty Officer (SOC) at Naval Special Warfare Group One (NSWG-1) Training Detachment (TRADET). His last job was to ensure that every SEAL in all the West coast SEAL Teams were trained properly and ready for deployment. Today Kraig Dorner, CHT owns and operates his own hyperbaric facility called San Diego Center for Hyperbaric Therapy.


***Our condolences go out to the families of the 4 Navy SEALs killed in action in Afghanistan***

Sneek Peek: Wound Care & Hyperbaric Magazine (Sept 2010)

For those that have not yet subscribed to the new Wound Care & Hyperbaric Magazine, you are losing out on a lot of extremely helpful information in the field of wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Today things change very fast and keeping up with the latest information is definitely the ONLY key to success. In an environment where the patients and their families are now “googling” everything regarding their health, you have no choice but to KEEP UP. Imagine these scenarios;

1. A patients’ son used Google to research Central Retinal Artery Occlusion and knew more about the treatment protocol (time, duration, and depth) than the consulting physician and HBO tech – How embarassing huh? Of course you cannot believe everything you read online, but this kid had referrences and article print outs of the protocols.
2. A patient herself found a safety article on HBOT online and read that she should not be wearing certain make-up and jewelry in the chamber and she was never informed by the HBO techs about this. She leaves the HBO center and ends up in a hospital HBO center because she felt safer.

Just imagine how much research you would do when buying a car, house, or an electronic item – multiply that by a hundred. This is how serious patients are about their health nowadays. Would you just sit there and let time pass you by until a patient or family member schools you in areas within your own field? I would be embarrassed.

I have noticed that there are a lot of “SLACKERS” in the field of hyperbaric medicine. I use the term heavily not lightly – because I mean it. These are folks that hit the cieling, the comfortable ones in their positions that just let time fly, the ones that cannot keep up with the ever-changing world of information; these are the ones who embarass themselves, their co-workers, and their bosses by not being on the up-on-up with their field. The folks that sit there and answer “I DON’T KNOW” to every question asked of them – YOU ARE EMBARRASSING TO THE FIELD! When you face a knowlegeable patient I would love to photograph your reaction – because it will be priceless. This is the moment that they realize they have been left behind.

My advice: Get involved. Don’t be scared. Speak up. And most important – GET MOTIVATED to continue learning. I apologize for the rant but I know that it is needed.